George W Mougin
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 15:25:44
George W Mougin, one of the leading farmers of Cass township, was born in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, February 14, 1862, and on the paternal side is of French descent, his father, grandfather and great grandfather having come to this country form France at an early day. Landing at New Orleans, they proceeded up the Mississippi and finally located at Grand Prairie, Illinois, on the Mississippi river, where they began the improvement of a farm. Learning of the richness of the lead mines near Galena, Illinois, the family later removed to that part of the country and located on a farm which is still in possession of some of its members. The father of our subject, Augustus Mougin, was born in France and died in Cass township, this county, may 19, 1912, having located here on April 10, 1902. The mother who bore the maiden name of Catharine Gammon was born in Ohio and died in Madrid, Iowa, November 261908. She often related an experience of her girlhood when the treacherous waters of the Missouri river wrought terrible havoc. The family were residing upon a farm situated on the banks of the river, and the stream, swollen by foods, not only carried away the house and destroyed the crops but also literally washed away the farm. She became the mother of the following children of whom nine are still living: Mrs Josephine White who died January 3, 1914, John who died in infancy, R N of Seattle, Washington, I N a resident of Couer díAlene, Idaho, Mrs Mary L Sherrard, of Jo Davies county, Illinois, Albert P of Peoria, Illinois, George W of this review, James Russell of Los Angeles, California, Mrs Rosa Glenn deceased, William Edward who resides on the old home farm in Jo Davies county, Illinois, A E a resident of Elizabeth, Illinois, Mrs Sena Schubert of Dubuque, Iowa, Charles who died in infancy and Flora who also died in infancy.
Like the other members of his fatherís family George W Mougin was rare din Jo Davies county, Illinois, and is indebted to the public schools for the educational privileges he enjoyed during his youth. On leaving his native state in 1880 he went to Sioux city, Iowa, where he spent two years, and then removed to Cass township, Boone county, where he has since made his home with the exception of two years spent in conducting a livery business n Madrid. He is no the owner of an excellent farm of 185 acres on section 9 ad 18, Cass township, which is supplied with two sets of good buildings and in the cultivation of his land Mr Mougin has met with most excellent success. He is now enjoying a comfortable competence and has a peasant home.
At Madrid, Iowa November 28, 1883, was celebrated the marriage of Mr Mougin and Miss Fannie D Halsey, who was born in McLean county, Illinois, March 14, 1863, but was only two years of age when in 1865 she accompanied her parents on their removal to Boone county, Iowa, the family locating on a farm in Cass township, where she now resides. Her father, John Halsey, died in that township, and her mother, who bore the maiden name of Mary Rutledge and was born in McLean county, Illinois, passed away in Madrid. She was a member of the famous Rutledge family of the Prairie state. To Mr and Mrs Halsey were born nine children. There are four children in the family of Mr and Mrs Mougin: Gus who was born August 30, 1884, and resides in Cass township, Mrs Mary Catharine Graves, who was born September 15, 1866, and lives in the same township. Flora, who died in infancy, and Otis H who was born January 4, 1895, and assists his father in the operation of the home farm. The children were all born in Cass township and were given good educational advantages, attending the common schools, the two eldest also graduating for the Madrid high school.
By his ballot Mr Mougin supports the men and measures of the republican party, and he has taken quite a prominent and influential pat in local politics, filling all of the township offices. For the past four years he has been township clerk. Fraternally he is connected with Woodward Lodge, No 460, I O O F of Woodward, and both he and his wife belong to the Rebekahs at the same place. They stand high in the community where they reside and are quite prominent socially.
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